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House Advances Boback’s Bill to Provide Funding for Damaged Railroad Bridges
HARRISBURG – As part of her commitment to help provide fiscal relief to communities that suffered substantial damages from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year, Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) applauded today’s House decision to pass her legislation to provide funding to rehabilitate or replace railroad bridges that were damaged by those storms.

“I’m still hearing horror stories of the people who were affected from the storms, not just in communities across my district, but across the entire state, as well,” said Boback. “It’s comforting to know that during tough economic times, this legislation would provide funding to help communities recoup some of the expensive damages they incurred from these storms.”

House Bill 2245, known as the Flood Disaster Railroad Assistance Project Itemization Act of 2012, authorizes the state Department of Transportation’s use of $2.6 million from the current amount appropriated to the General Fund for Rail Freight Assistance, for capital projects to rehabilitate or replace railroad bridges that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee in the summer and fall of 2011.

Projects included under this funding include Lycoming Valley Railroad with $1 million and Delaware and Hudson Railway with $1.6 million.
The House also recently passed Boback’s legislation to authorize state bridge repair and replacement projects in areas impacted by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

House Bill 1915, known as the Flood Disaster Highway Bridge Project Itemization Act of 2012, authorizes nearly $50 million for capital bridge repair and replacement projects, which will require federal approval and Gov. Tom Corbett’s authorization before funding is released.

That funding will come from the Motor License Fund and federal dollars.

Both House Bills 2245 and 1915 will now go before the Senate for consideration.

“These flood-relief bills to repair infrastructures damaged by these storms are crucial for our state. I am very pleased to be part of ongoing efforts to resolve the Commonwealth’s storm-damaged areas,” said Boback.

More information about Boback and her legislative priorities is available at or

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
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